Tuesday 13th October 2015 – Pumpkins, Potatoes and Poo!!

They talk about the 3 R’s at school, but today I’m talking about the 3 P’s. Which is much more interesting in so many ways. I was hoping to do some filming today on the allotment, but the camera decided to tell me that it had no charge (even though it was charging all night), when I got home it had lots of charge. I’ll try again tomorrow. But even that wasn’t going to put me off doing what I wanted. So first of all I continued turning over more areas of my beds that were finished with, and manured the soil. I got loads done which is always a good feeling. Some of my Sunflowers heads have finished, so I have to prune the old heads off frequently otherwise the parakeets will feast on them, and fling a load of seeds about and I’ll have sunflowers growing everywhere next year. Some of the plants got so heavy that they fell over and even though I tried to stand them up right it just didn’t work.

Popcorn in the background. Not quite ready yet, but hopefully I'll harvest it very soon. Beautifully manured bed in the foreground.

Popcorn in the background. Not quite ready yet, but hopefully I’ll harvest it very soon. Beautifully manured bed in the foreground.

The popcorn in the above photo is still going and I’ve not harvest any yet. The husks are still green so I’ll leave them for a while before I pick them all off. I also picked some more Kale for the chickens. They’ve not had any for a while and the split cabbage that I put in a few days ago has been massacred by them. They were very happy little ladies when I got home.  I then moved on to a bed that had a few small Pumpkins in. I harvested these 3, what weight they are is anyones guess, but I’m not breaking any records with them, not even a personal best. Once I’ve harvested all the Pumpkins, I’ll then make a video and weight them so you can all see. I’ll bring the rest home this week, If I have time tomorrow, but definitely Thursday.

The 3 smallest Pumpkins. There are some larger ones still to bring home. I'll weigh them when I've harvested them all.

The 3 smallest Pumpkins. There are some larger ones still to bring home. I’ll weigh them when I’ve harvested them all.

Then I dug up more Sarpo Mira Potatoes. I only had time to dig up 3 plants, but even from just those I managed to get a decent haul. I’d better get the potato sacks ready for when I dig up the rest of them. There were quite a few that weighed over 1 pound, so that great, but nothing was heavier than the ones harvested yesterday.

All these potatoes from just 3 plants. I've still got lots more to dig up though.

All these potatoes from just 3 plants. I’ve still got lots more to dig up though.

The weather definitely had a chill in it today. The wind is coming from the East and therefore Russia, so that’s a cold wind. I think it’s supposed to last most of the week, but that’s ok, I just need to put on a few extra layers and I might have to get my scarf out for first thing in the morning soon. Thermal sheets next, oh I love thermal sheets in bed…cozy!! That and Mark, but then that goes without saying.

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4 Responses to Tuesday 13th October 2015 – Pumpkins, Potatoes and Poo!!

  1. keith says:

    Another interesting blog. Sounds like you’ve been really busy again. Still a bit of a chil wind when you are digging is ok by me. (I’ve been lifting Rooster potatoes again today. Lots, but all chewed up by the slug 😦 )

    • I like being busy, keeps your mind off all the things that upset you. Fresh air is always good for you though. Sorry to hear about your potatoes, horrible slugs!! Is your soil clay? If so that could be why they’re about.

  2. Lovely update thank you for sharing have a blessed day and stay warm u do not want a cold for Christmas

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